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Youth Work and Holiday Programme - visa issuance resumed

The Australian authorities have resumed issuing visas for the Youth Work and Holiday Programme in Australia. The programme allows young people from the Czech Republic and Australia to travel and work legally in the country for up to 12 months. The programme is open to Czech citizens aged 18 to 30 and Australians aged 18 to 26. The annual quota for the number of participants in the pilot programme remains at 500 people from each country. Interested applicants can arrive in Australia from 15 December 2021.

The Youth Work and Holiday Program is an exceptional program that enables young people to experience foreign countries and different cultures. For example, the Czech Republic has a similar programme with New Zealand.

Applications for the Australian Work and Leave Programme (visa subclass 462) can be made via the Australian Department of Home Affairs website HERE.

An applicant from the Czech Republic must meet the following conditions:

(a) is a citizen of the Czech Republic;

(b) declares that the purpose of his/her stay in Australia is that established in Paragraph 1;

(c) is between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (30) inclusive on the date the application is submitted;

(d) will not be accompanied by dependent children;

(e) holds a valid Czech passport;

(f) holds a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase it;

(g) possesses sufficient funds for personal support during the period of initial three months of stay in Australia;

(h) pays the stipulated visa application fee;

(i) produces evidence of health insurance as required by the laws and regulations of Australia; this health insurance is to cover, inter alia, hospitalisation, repatriation and transport of the mortal remains into the Czech Republic;

(j) meets the health and character requirements necessary for entry into the territory of Australia under its laws;

(k) has not previously taken part in Australia’s Working Holiday or Work and Holiday programmes;

(l) possesses a functional level of English;

(m) has successfully completed at least two years of tertiary education; and

From 1 March 2021, the Australian authorities no longer require Czech applicants to submit a Letter of Government Support or a Letter of Support issued by an educational institution (university).

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra recommends potential Czech applicants to check on the website of the Australian authorities whether the quota has already been exhausted before submitting an application for an Australian work and holiday visa.

It is also strongly recommended to follow the current travel arrangements against the Covid-19 pandemic HERE. Australia reserves the right to change the rules and travel conditions for allowing foreigners into the country at any time as measures evolve.